VA Approves Plan For Veterans To Receive Private Care

Any kind of good news regarding the VA is most welcome, and this certainly qualifies as that. The news being made in this video is that the VA has approved a plan allowing more Veterans to receive private care. The proof of course, will be in the promise keeping, and how well this new promise delivers what it purports to deliver.

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Taps: The Bugler's Cry

We've all heard the mournful cry from the bugler, piercing the air with that unmistakable melody, never confused with any other. That sound invokes dual meanings.

Growing up on military bases, we'd hear it played as the sun faded from the sky, and the huge American flag was slowly and respectfully lowered and folded each evening. The Taps I most recall was a very loud recording of it blasted from large speakers which looked like giant megaphones, mounted atop tall poles. It is in this way those sounds known as Taps, had entered my little ears hundreds and hundreds of times.

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Remembering D-Day + 70 Years: AmericanDuckie

"Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

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The Riderless Horse: Empty Boots Reversed in the Stirrups

Good morning friends. On the second day of this Memorial Day weekend 2014 we again pay tribute to those souls lost in battles. We also give full recognition to the honor and dignity displayed by all those brave souls still among us. Those who made it through their terms of service, who still carry with them so many of the sights and sounds of battles passed.

It's difficult to convey the proper amount of respect due to you and your fallen brothers and sisters. Language alone can't approach it. Pictures and music come a little closer. About all we have to work with are words, pictures, and music.

We add to those our feelings. We add love you cannot see, and we know that you too have more of the same which we also cannot see. Though sometimes, it's as if we can. It's an inner sight we can feel, and it stirs in us that which makes us humans created by God in His own image.

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Lone Survivor With Mark Wahlberg On Sale Today

For those of you who like to wait until movies come out on DVD or Blu-ray, today is the first day "Lone Survivor" will be available for sale.

The following are quotes from Amazon:

"Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative. The four men must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush.

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Memorial Day Weekend 2014

In 1984 Ronald Reagan gave a Memorial Day speech. It was also a dedication for some unkown remains that had been returned from Vietnam. Thirty years ago we didn't have the technology available to identify those remains and they were memorialized in The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Now I'll quote from part of the story from which speaks about this unknown soldier. The full write up is here. More pictures there too.

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Oliver North: "Nobody In This Town Gives A Damn"

Lt. Col. Oliver North, who served in the Marines for 22 years goes on Fox News with Bill Hemmer to sound off about his disgust with the VA and how it has severely mistreated our beloved veterans.

He lays into Obama and Shinseki for not doing anything, says he and 23 million veterans are "madder than hell", and concludes that "nobody in this town gives a damn". He says much more than that too. Video of that is below the related Fox News article.

There is also a link to an article by Rep. Rep. Bill Johnson calling the VA, "rotten to the core".

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